Four popular Chinese news apps suspended by China state media

Vastavam web: Four popular Chinese news apps have been temporarily removed from the Android store in China following an order from regulators to tighten control over the spread of information, state media reported today.Toutiao, Phoenix News, NetEase News and Tiantian Kuaibao suspended their downloading services before 3 pm today, the Beijing Daily newspaper said on its microblog.Android phones are far more common in China and the government has great sway over domestic communications and Internet platforms.

Further details on the regulatory measure were not immediately available and calls to the government’s oversight body, the Cyberspace Administration of China, rang unanswered today.China maintains tight control over news sources and heavily censors the internet for content related to gambling, pornography, dissident politics, criticism of the government and other perceived social ills.According to SART, Toutiao and Kuaishou have long been ignoring the law by expanding their video program services without proper licenses, and were streaming “programs that violated social morality.”

Toutiao announced on April 6 that it had deleted more than 10,000 short videos and 4,800 problematic accounts and added 1,700 sensitive words for video censoring.On April 6, Kuaishou also published hiring information on several websites to recruit 3,000 people for content review and editing.